War: A finished product of selfishness! – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Plato. Azhar U Din Despite different religions, races, languages, cultures and ethnicities, we are all human beings. We all belong to the same species, that is, human beings. Nature has granted us the beautiful home in the form of mother earth where the resources are so plentiful that she can support all human beings equally without deprivation, discrimination and poverty. In the past, everyone lived in brotherhood, cooperation and tranquility because there was no concept of ‘mine’. All people worked together on the resources for their livelihood and so all natural assets belonged to everyone. Over time an idea of ’our’ was replaced by an idea of ’mine’ and thus might is right became the tool of exploitation used by the physically powerful over the weak. As a result, our society was divided into two classes: the rich and the poor. This division can also be seen in countries in the form of developed and developing countries. It cannot be wrong to say that poverty, hunger and skyrocketing unemployment in developing countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and other developing countries are due to the developed countries which have drained all their wealth in the name of imperialism, colonialism and neo-imperialism and left them in the state of begging. As power in the form of industrialization, military and other resources increases, almost all countries want to expand their territorial area for overexploitation of resources at the cost of poor and weaker nation’s sovereignty . This attempt results in the loss of thousands of precious innocent lives. For example, the conflict between Israel and Palestine has resulted in the loss of 14,000 lives since 1987. Around 500,000 people have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Iran. Through the direct violence of war, an estimated 929,000 people have been killed in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan and Iraq. It must be estimated that around 38 million people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya and Syria were forcibly displaced by the United States after the wars. It has been estimated by various scholars that the bloody conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir resulted in the loss of almost seventy thousand Kashmiris and about eight thousand were missing till 2015. Nature has created this earth for every living being and therefore, every human being has the right to live their life with dignity, respect and freedom. No individual has the right to restrict the freedom of others. Nature has given free choice to everyone to live their life without hurting the other. Why don’t we human beings live in cooperation and peace? Why do some powerful and rich people plunder the resources of the poor when they know that this life is temporary and short? All human beings are finally facing the bitter reality of death, but some of us still have the problem of collecting the enormous amount of wealth through the exploitation of the poor and the overuse of the earth’s resources. This overexploitation of resources by a particular group of people leads to war, tyranny, oppression and tension. Each religion has given a better code of conduct to live a life with consolation and peace. But some people who are the entrepreneurs of religion plunder innocent people using religion as a tool of exploitation and a shield to protect themselves. It is a very sad reality in our societies that in mosques, temples, churches and other religious places, priests give sermons on equality, but outside them, poor young women, old men and children beg for the belly. Is this a definition of equality given by religion? Nature has granted enough resources to man and if he uses them wisely and honestly, no one in the world would be poor, no one can sleep without food. But it is selfishness, hoarding, money grabbing, the materialistic view of a handful of people that results in hunger, prostitution, crime, poverty, unemployment, war, conflicts in societies. It is very interesting to note here that approximately 85% of the world’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of just the top 10% of adults. Because of this, one can imagine the sky touching the gap between the rich and the poor. Wars and conflicts will continually occur unless and until the thirst for materialism of some greedy people is quenched. The poor in developing countries will only make progress and prosperity when they reduce the roots of corruption, hoarding, dishonesty and do not make politics about religion, caste and region. In addition to this, it is the need of the hour for them to resolve their problems and misunderstandings with their neighboring countries with peace and cooperation and not include superpower countries to interfere in their affairs so that the developed countries find no chance to increase the enmity and tension between the two neighboring countries for their personal gains and benefits. Peace will come only when the whole world lives in mutual cooperation and when the developed countries help the developing countries to emerge from poverty and unemployment and when each individual is granted the highest degree of freedom to live his life with many choices and options so that every human being can fully enjoy his life.